***Updated 10/30/13 - It seems like when I got my first cell phone last year, and started going through the separation/ custody arrangements, I lost my passion for sending & receiving & swapping & pen palling. BUT NOW I'M BACK, & can't wait to swap at my new address. :) ***
As far as crafting, I particularly enjoy doodling, cutting, gluing & collage, rubber stamps, especially alphabets, stickers, labels, ribbons, paints, and anything else to embellish my Art Journals.
I also have a sloppy gluebook where I paste in anything paper to keep it from junking up my artspace which is just a desk in the corner of my living room.
I enjoy making my own envelopes from old calendars, magazine pages, and other papers. I also enjoy making postcards & greeting cards. I'm afraid my efforts aren't as neat as the ones in card making magazines, but I am always pleased with the way they turn out.
I collect alphabet stickers & alphabet rubber stamp sets, have a too large stash of scrapbook papers, and many B&W and color images collected over the years for collage. I have tiny handwriting and so prefer to use very fine tip pens, like the Pigma Micron 01.
I work at a bookstore and keep a journal at work to paste in any kind of label or tag, and because I think gluing helps me de-stress. I've just transferred to a new location within the same company, and immediately ransacked the office supply cabinets for good paper, post-its, labels, art tape, etc.
I tried to make an art quilt/quilted book once, but found my sewing skills needed some fine tuning before I embarked on such a big project. I still like sewing though, and try to appreciate the sloppiness of my stitches.
I have collected and embellished cigar boxes and other small wooden boxes. These come in handy for my vast postcard collection, some as old as 1906 with a cancelled stamp.
I like decoupage, and any other sort of collage. I love making small photo books, like the KOLO ones with ribbons attached for hanging. I like looking at bookbinding books, but haven't attempted one yet.
Favorite images - antique suitcases, typewriters, books, cameras, etc. I love RHINOs, and rainy scenes. I like camping images, as well as treehouse and tree hugging. Oops, guess that makes me a bit of a hippie, huh? ah well, there's worse things.
I'm really looking forward to swapping so I can pare down my craft supplies and meet other people like myself who obsess about PAPER
Hello, my name is Lisa, aka rhinoluvr. I'm happy to be on swap-bot, after reading about Hoarders and seeing a season of the TV show of the same name. Where does all this stuff come from?!
I am a 40 year old mom who lives in Maryland & works in a bookstore. I'm a vegetarian but not the self-righteous sort.
I've lived all over the U.S. - in Boston, MA, in Portland, OR, in Athens, GA & in Virginia before moving back to my home state of Maryland. I can't pass up the occasional free babysitting & hot meals from my family.
I am the proud mom of two boys - Harper (8), & Dylan (6). They are so much fun to be with. I am very Liberal in my politics & lifestyle. People should do what makes them happy without directly harming others. Things happen for a reason.
I love to create & to paste found things in my art journal. I love getting into the zen state when you're crafting when everything falls away, and time passes without you noticing.
When I am not working or playing with my 2 young boys, I enjoy sending postcards, taking pictures, drawing & painting and writing/pasting/doodling in my art journals and gluebooks. I am frequently caffeinated thanks to our nearby Starbucks & the cafe in my bookstore.
I love making mix CDs, both for myself and any fun Kids music I can listen to over & over with my sons that doesn't make me pull my hair out. Believe me, that can be a real challenge!
I love camping, hiking, swimming, and being outdoors in the sun. I also love to curl up with a book that grabs me right away- bonus points if it's raining outside & I'm snuggled under a quilt.
I've recently been feeling uninspired but overwhelmed by my stationery, art & crafting supplies, and figured swapping would help me pare them down, while adding new items from like-minded individuals. I'd also like to try my hand at trading mix CDs with anyone. I know I'm not the only one who gets bored with their tunes occasionally.
Looking forward to sending & receiving. :)
SONIC YOUTH, Radiohead, Sleater-Kinney, Shins, Weezer, Beastie Boys, Belle & Sebastian, Spoon, Tom Waits, Pavement, Beck, Built to Spill, the Lucksmiths, Johnny Cash, the Pixies, Flaming Lips, Dinosaur Jr., Bob Dylan, Gossip, Cat Power, Neutral Milk Hotel, Rihanna, Bjork, Arcade Fire, Patsy Cline the Beatles, Velvet Underground, Mirah, Nina Simone, Rolling Stones, Yeah Yeah Yeahs Camera Obscura, Iron & Wine, Neil Diamond Bob Marley, They Might Be Giants, Holly Golightly, Goldfrapp, The Who, New Order, June of '44, Kimya Dawson, New Pornographers Apples in Stereo, Nirvana, Stereolab, Joanna Newsom, Beirut, Black Heart Procession, the Decemberist, the Pretenders, John Legend Duran Duran, Sufjan Stevens, the Vaselines, Buddy Holly, Cars, Mumford & Sons, Magnetic Fields... just to name a few.
I love looking through craft books for inspiration. There are two really good Art Journaling books coming out this Spring: Journal Junkies & Creative Wildfire - just Can't Wait!
When I read fiction, I love everything & anything by: Paul Auster, Vladimir Nabokov, William Faulkner, James Ellroy, Kurt Vonnegut, Chuck Klosterman, Truman Capote, Harry Crews, Dashiell Hammett, David Sedaris, Patricia Highsmith, Danny Gregory, Jim Thompson, Feodor Dostoevsky, Edith Wharton, Milan Kundera, Leo Tolstoy, Toni Morrison, Henry James, Raymond Chandler, Bill Bryson, Chuck Palahniuk, poetry of Pablo Neruda, poetry of Leonard Cohen, and musician biographies.
My favorite Children's literature authors right now are Mo Willems, David Wiesner, Judy Sierra, Kate DiCamillo, David Shannon, Anna Dewdney, Jerry Pinkney, Lane Smith, Shel Silverstein, and many others. I am just starting to re-read the Independent Reader and Chapter Books I loved as a child, like the Encyclopedia Brown series, the Boxcar Children series, and many others. It's an exciting time to be a bookseller!
movies directed by John Waters - "Polyester", "Pink Flamingos" Terry Gilliam Jim Jarmusch Coen Brothers - "Big Lebowski", "Raising Arizona" Woody Allen - "Hannah & Her Sisters", "Annie Hall" Wes Anderson - "Rushmore" Barry Levinson - "Avalon", "Liberty Heights" Alfred Hitchcock - "Dial M for Murder" Marx Brothers movies Everything by the little tramp, Charlie Chaplin Terence Malick - "Days of Heaven" Gus Van Sant - "Drugstore Cowboy" Stanley Kubrick - "The Killers" Billy Wilder - "Some Like It Hot" Tim Burton John Hughes - "Sixteen Candles" Roman Polanski - "Rosemary's Baby" Lasse Hallstrom - "Shipping News"
Color - PURPLE
Animal - Rhinoceros
Shape - Stars! Polka Dots!
Holiday - Arbor Day (I'm a bit of a tree hugger)
Pens - Sakura Pigma Micron 01, any Ultra Fine Point Sharpie
Number - 13
Letter - L
Foods - Cheese, sushi, most fruits, nuts
Drink - COFFEE
Fruit - Bananas or Mangoes
Car - Volkswagen
Job - current one, as a bookseller
Sport - Swimming
Season - Fall
Candy - Fireballs
Here are some of my FAVORITE types of postcards to receive, but I will be happy with almost any PC you send me, as long as it follows the directions in the swap:
RHINOS ( hard to find, believe me, I know)
Coffeehouses, coffee mugs, etc.
Libraries, bookstores, people reading
Photographs of famous authors
Mailboxes, Post Offices, stacks of letters
Forests, or calming greenery scenes, with trees
Vinatge scenes of what a city area used to look like
Animals in their natural habitats
State map cards
Odd Roadside Attractions
Airstream trailers, or other camping vehicles
Postcards of artwork, such as those bought in a museum
Cats (wild or domesticated)
Laughing children, or children having fun
Book illustrations or engravings
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